OnePlus, Micro-Star International Co (MSI) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) became the latest companies to pull out of next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) physically amid concerns over the rising cases of Covid’s Omicron variant.
Recently, Amazon, Meta, Nvidia, Twitter and Google have also dropped out of the CES in person in Las Vegas in early January. They were later joined by Intel and Lenovo, who announced for the virtual participation into the event.
Although Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the governing body on CES, plans to go ahead with the show, but several tech companies have said that they will be skipping the CES event physically.
Even though AMD did have some product unveilings in mind at the venue, but it has decided to go for the digital route. The company’s official website states ‘during the livestream hosted by Dr. Lisa Su (CEO), AMD will demonstrate how we will make 2022 an unforgettable year for gamers, creators and mobile PC users.’
"We have decided to cancel our in-person presence at CES 2022 in Las Vegas and will instead transition to a virtual experience. While the AMD 2022 Product Premiere was always planned as a digital-only livestream, our in-person engagements will now transition to virtual in the best interest of the health and safety of our employees, partners and communities. We look forward to sharing all our exciting news as scheduled on January 4," AMD spokesperson said.
"Since December, the rapidly spreading Omicron variant has brought the US a surge of Covid-19 cases. The health and well-being of our employees, customers and fans are our top priority. Hence, we have decided not to participate in-person at CES 2022 and will join the show virtually with our online product launch," MSI said in a post on its website.
Likewise, OnePlus also took a u-turn from its earlier plans of launching the OnePlus 10 Pro at CES’22, but will not be participation in the event.